Thorns FC: Lesson Learned?

Back when I was a mere slip of a ‘keeper, my coach took a slab of dimension lumber to drive a lesson into my thick head:

“Don’t ever.  Ever.  Screw around with the ball in front of your own goal.”

Boyfuckinghowdy did Adrianna Franch and her backline learn THAT little lesson the hard way last night.

Hopefully the U.S. WNT U-23 squad’s 1-2 win over Portland drove that home to Thorns FC like a damn 2 x 4 across the forehead.

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Six Degrees: 2017 Season Preview

My God, is this real? Is C.I. really doing a season preview?

Yes. As we enter my fifth season writing this Six Degrees column for Slide Rule Pass, I’m doing my first-ever out-of-season column. Crazy, right?

What can I say? The team’s got me excited. They’re making me want to write words.

So let’s do it. Let’s see if I can shoehorn my thoughts and hopes and worries and bad jokes into six semi-coherent sections.

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